Conservation Evidence This is a really important web-site for anyone trying to make management decisions. It collates research from 30+ journals and relates the findings to real conservation issues where decisions need to be made. : 'We summarise evidence from the scientific literature about the effects of conservation interventions such as methods of habitat or species management. Expert panels are then asked to assess the effectiveness (or not) of interventions, based on the summarized evidence.' We suggest you check this source before you start to make changes on your site. It could make a lot of difference to your decisions and outcomes.
Land Development and Planning
As a small group we generally do not have the resources to look at individual planning issues. The articles below may be useful if you have a particular planning concern.
Guidelines if Faced by Development Issues on a Reptile Habitat
Based on Natural England document
Great Crested Newts and the Law
Great crested newts (GCN) are a legally protected species under UK & EU law. Anything that disturbs them or their habitat (including the area around their pond) is likely to be unlawful. More...
Information from Sussex Wildlife Trust
Planning Advice-general information
Local Authority Services and Biodiversity
Your Statutory Obligations (Large document)
This leaflet is aimed primarily at people working in Local Authorities, but is a generally well produced document on protecting biodiversity
Planning for a Healthy Environment
Good practice guidance for green infra structure and biodiversity
This guidance is designed to offer advice to planning practitioners on how green infrastructure and biodiversity can be enhanced and protected through the planning system. Again the document is of interest to a larger audience
Information from Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
Article specifically on toads, but has more general application
Click on a title to go to the document (large docs may take a while to download).